"Up and down his body there were whispered rumours of pain. In fact, physically, at all times, he felt epiphanically tragic. His doctor had died four years ago ('Unfortunately I am terminally ill'); and that, in Richard's mature opinion, was definitely that. He had a large and lucent lump on the back of his neck. This he treated himself, by the following means: he kept his hair long, to keep it hidden. If you went up to Richard Tull and told him he was in Denial, he would deny it. But not hotly".
Martin Amis, "The Information"